You would think that spending a day touring the pyramids would be pretty damn near perfect already. One would ask, how could it get any better? Well, for starters, you could spend the rest of the evening hanging around celebrities. And then to top it all off, you could be asked to tour around the country with the celebrities for the rest of the week. That was pretty much my Thursday.
I waited nervously in the lobby of the Semiramis Intercontinental, all showered and cleaned up after the hot and dusty pyramids tour, waiting for Ahmed Ahmed and Maz Jobrani to come down. Ahmed and Maz had been asked to come to Egypt to perform in the “Egypt’s First Comedy Rumble” tour, which was organized by Benchmark Productions. Today was meant for everybody to meet everybody and for promotional events to advertise the shows.
For some reason, my mind blanks out now on my first meeting with Ahmed and Maz. Maybe it was the extreme emotional stress of meeting somebody who I’d last seen in a blockbuster movie. More likely it’s just my extremely bad memory retention. I forget meeting most people… :s
It was then that I met Taylor Feltner and Mousa Kraish as well. They were working with Ahmed on a documentary titled “Smile on Arabia: Just Like Us”, which aims to highlight the similarities between Western and Eastern cultures. You guys already know Taylor, he was in Saudi Arabia as well, during the LOL Tour, working on the same documentary. If you think Mousa sounds familiar, theirs a good reason. I couldn’t believe my luck!
Getting into the cars brought in by Benchmark, we were all shuttled to City Stars, the largest mall in Cairo (if not Egypt). I rode with the film crew and got to know Taylor and Mousa. It was here that Taylor said he would be interested in some of the pictures I took for the documentary they were doing.
We got into the mall through the service entrance, by passing through a series of tunnels and hallways through the main structure. We had numerous run-ins with security, who had issues with all the equipment we were carrying, but in the end made it safely to Virgin, all limbs and equipment miraculously intact.
This first day was mostly for everyone to get to know each other. It was around then that I, at last, got talking to Maha about the Comedy Rumble and if they would need an extra photographer. She agreed to let me come along for the comedy show and shoot backstage (<3). That was a goooood dinner
Tired and elated, we made our way back to the Intercontinental at 2am. Time to sleep…
Up next: 2 Shows in Cairo, BACK TO BACK!
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